Firefighters battle difficult conditions as 416 Fire reaches 34,378 acres

DURANGO, CO (KRQE) - FIrefighters are dealing with difficult conditions this weekend as they continue to battle the 416 Fire north of Durango.

The fire still stands at 37 percent containment and has reached nearly34,400 acres after growing by 100 acres Saturday night.

Officials placed the are under a Red Flag Warning with critical weather expected Sunday. 

U.S. Highway 550 is open to all traffic.

Fire officials held a news conference recently where they said the fire is only four miles away from the city of Durango, but they still feel they have it under control. 

More than 1,000 firefighters are responding to put the blaze out. 

This fire prompted the evacuation of more than 2,000 homes. Wednesday was the first day some of those residents were allowed back home in places like Tamarron, Glacier Club and Rockwell. On Thursday, 375 residents were allowed back into their homes. 

For an interactive map showing evacuation zones, click here.

In order to enter these areas, residents must show their RapidTag credentials, which are available at Trimble Crossing at the intersection of U.S. Highway 550 and Trimble Lane, Escalante Middle School, 141 Baker Lane in Durango, and at the highway’s northern closure point at mile marker 49.5.

Entrances to Rockwood, Tamarron and Glacier Club will be open to residents with credentials only, with law enforcement staffing those entrances. Law enforcement escorts for through traffic on U.S. Highway will continue during the re-entry period.

Beginning at 12 p.m. Sunday, evacuated residents in the Hermosa area will be allowed to return to their homes and businesses. All pre-evacuation orders for the area and the area from the west side of County Road 203 east to the Animas River and north through San Juan County have been lifted.




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